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  • Locations: Muscat, Oman
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: W&M applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:


Program Information:
William & Mary’s January program in Oman will consist of a two-week study tour.  This year's program will use Muscat as a base and travel out to Ibri and a desert camp, exploring the variety of geography and culture that Oman has to offer. The program will tour through the rugged Al Hajar Mountains, explore the vast dunes of the Sharqiya Sands, listen to local musicians, and visit the scenic Indian Ocean coastline.  Housing (in modest hotels), transportation (by bus), and meals are included in the program fee.

Oman is a country located at the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula on the Indian Ocean.  Oman is among the most developed and stable countries in the Arab world with a long history of partnership with the United States.  The desert landscape and sweeping coastline form an ideal setting for studying geology and the environment. Oman has been a maritime crossroads between South and Southeast Asia, East Africa, and the Mediterranean and Arab World for centuries and Omanis have a rich distinctive culture and a vibrant traditional arts scene that reflects long time and ongoing interactions across the desert and  around the Indian Ocean.

About W&M Winter Programs:
W&M Winter programs are led by W&M faculty and students will received W&M credits. All courses must be taken for a grade, which will be calculated into their GPA. Students will participate in a 1 credit pre-course that will take place from mid-October through just before exams. This course is required for participation in the program.  Students will automatically receive COLL300 for courses taken abroad.

INTR 299: Muscat Pre-Course (1 Credit), fall semester
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Thursdays after 5pm, beginning in mid/late-October (registration will be handled for students after acceptance)

GEOL XXX/Interdisciplinary Studies XXX: Course Natural History and Contemporary Culture of Oman (3 credits)
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W&M Faculty:
Chuck Bailey, Professor of Geology
Abigail Buffington, Anthropology

Arrival Date: January 5, 2023
Departure Date: January 18, 2023

Important Dates:
Application Due ($75): September 30, 2022
Deposit Due ($600): October 21, 2022
Balance Due: November 1, 2022
*A $75 application fee applies, to be paid to the Bursar’s Office. Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.

Application fee information:
The application fee ($75) is due by the deadline and should be paid online at the GEO Marketplace Store. Whoever is making the payment will need student 93#, email, and phone number. The application fee is refundable in the event that you are not accepted into the program or the program is canceled by W&M. ​

Program Fees:
Program Cost: $3,100
Includes: Excursions, accommodations, in country transportation, some meals, course fees, international health insurance. 
Does not include: Flights, personal expenses, some meals, US transportation, required texts.
For more information on the breakdown of program fees please visit our budget sheet. 

Scholarship for this program is available. Please apply to the Reves Winter Scholarship by the September 30 deadline. 
Funding will be awarded based on financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. 

  • Students must be an active W&M undergraduate student in good standing, not on academic or disciplinary probation during time abroad, and eligible to take classes at the W&M Williamsburg campus to study abroad. 
  •  Students currently on-campus must successfully complete 1 credit fall course. 
  • For more information about eligibility, please visit our Policies that Affect You page.
Please contact the Global Education Office (

Winter Abroad Handbook 2020 - 2021

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.